I recently got an air fryer. For a few years I have been intrigued by the idea of one but never took the leap- until about a month ago. And I am SO glad I finally bought one!
Turns out, not many people have them/know much about them….from what I have gathered from social media. I recieved so many questions about the air fryer and a lot of people wanted to order one too! These people should really check out the good selection of air fryers for all prices online if they’re interested in cooking this way. I answered so many DM’s from strangers and texts from friends about my recent purchase…it seems like everyone is as intrigued as I was!
So, I thought it would be a great idea to write a blog post dedicated to the air fryer, give you my thorough review, share the make and model I got and give you a favorite super easy recipe.
First of all, the air fryer does not make food taste deep fried. I know, kind of a disappointment. When I hear “fryer” I think fried chicken and french fries…but this machine won’t deliver the same thing a deep fryer does…there’s really no way to replicate a deep fry without deep frying, know what I mean? So as long as you know that ahead of time, you’ll be fine!
But here is some good news: the air fryer cooks food SO well, so fast and crisps it all up. It’s kind of like a super fancy convection oven taken up a few notches- it cooks food fast and makes everything soft on the inside and very crispy on the outside…it makes everything delicious! So making “fries” in it won’t yield you McDconald’s fries….BUT it will give you the crispiest “healthy” fries around.
It also cooks veggies and meats so well. I love making green beans in here- they come out super crispy and yummy- ALMOST like real fried green beans. Chicken tenders are also a favorite and I will be sharing my recipe below (Ben requests them weekly now!). AND I also love cooking salmon in the air fryer. I know, it sounds weird BUT it cooks the salmon perfectly- it looks like its broiled perfectly all around with a soft delicious flaky middle. AND the best part is it cooks 2 thick salmon fillets in 10 mins or less. This machine is an amazing time saver when it comes to cooking meats and veggies. Sweet potatoes fries or cubes that usually take 30-45 mins in the oven now take only 15 minutes.
What I have found is that you really shouldn’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. You can’t cut up two sweet potatoes and load them into the basket and expect a good result. If the basket is overcrowded the hot air can’t circulate properly and the machine won’t really do its job very well. Instead, run the machine in two batches. The food pieces can overlap a bit but there shouldn’t be layers on top of layers. Also, you only need a teaspoon or two of oil tossed into your veggies before air frying…so it keeps everything light. You can even use a coconut oil spray and spray the veggies, sprinkle on some salt and fry them that way for an even lighter result.
I got the GoWISE Air Fryer. I ordered the largest size first…it was delivered and I realized it was WAY too big, so I bought the small one instead. Then, the small one showed up and it was too small. Goldilocks over here haha! So I returned both and got the medium size (3.7 quart) and it was juuuusssttt right. Its the perfect size for two people I think! The machine itself is big…I don’t store it on my countertop because it sort of looks like a weird space ship…did you see WALL-E back in the day? My air fryer looks like Eva and so that’s what we call it haha. And Eva goes inside a cabinet when she is not busy cooking our dinner.
The one I have also has certain food presets, a very easy to read display and a cookbook that comes along with it! I started with a couple recipes from the cookbook and then ventured out on my own once I got the hang of it. I would suggest you do the same…OR start with my delicious chicken tenders recipe:
Crispy Air Fried Chicken Tenders
1 lb chicken breast cut into small tender sized strips (photo for reference!)
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese (the kind in the shaker tub that looks like breadcrumbs)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Set the air fryer to 380 degrees and let it run with an empty basket for 5 minutes while you prep the chicken. In a bowl, combine the panko, parmesan, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Lay all the chicken tenders on a cutting board or another flat surface and brush them with the olive oil, top and bottom. Next, coat all of the tenders in the panko mixture, squeezing the coating in so it sticks well. Once the air fryer is hot (after 5 minutes) carefully add the chicken in a single layer. You may need to do this in two batches to prevent overcrowding. Cook them at 380 for 10 minutes, carefully flipping them halfway through at the 5 minute mark with tongs. I like to serve them with some BBQ sauce for dipping and my FitKat Kale Salad.
Do you want my air fried salmon recipe next??